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Surprise Visitors

by Courtney on October 30, 2011

Man, surprises are happening all over the place – I love it!

First we had Kathryn’s big surprise last night; now today, Jay and I were lucky enough to get some surprise visitors…


Mi familia! Open-mouthed smile

Turns out, they actually came at pretty much the perfect time, on the perfect day, because I was just taking dinner out of the oven when they arrived, and I had more than enough to feed everyone. YAY for dinner guests!


Earlier today, I was skimming through some of my dinner recipes to try and get an idea on what to make for dinner. Originally, I thought it’d be a good idea to make a bigger meal that would give us plenty of leftovers for during the week so I went with an old favorite, the Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole. Even though we don’t have any leftovers, I’m still totally glad I made it.


On the side, we had some fresh garlic steamed green beans, but since there wasn’t enough of those for everyone, I quickly cooked up a can of peas.


My family loves their peas…and their casseroles, too. Smile


We all ate in the living room since our kitchen table is a little too tiny (yeah, Thanksgiving will be interesting…) and even had it a full family-affair once Cody decided to come and grace us with his presence.


He was obviously totally annoyed by tonight’s surprise company. Winking smile


Shortly after dinner, it was time to dig into dessert which I have been waiting alllll afternoon for. Oh yes, there was a little baking happening in the kitchen today…

cranberry apple crisp

I have been craving my favorite Apple Crisp recipe ever since I last posted about it, so today was finally the day to make it happen. I switched things up a bit by adding in about 3/4 of a bag of fresh cranberries to my original recipe to make for a decadent Cranberry Apple Crisp.


And of course, you can’t have apple crisp without a little vanilla ice cream on top now, am I right?


I am in my glory right now.

Question for the Evening:

Did you have any surprises of your own this weekend?

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1 Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters October 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

That apple cranberry crisp looks fantastic… lots of surprises this weekend – spent it back in my college town and kept running in to familiar faces!
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2 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill October 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The Ravens winning this afternoon was a bit of a surprise! I hadn’t lost faith in my team, but it was a rough start to the game and I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen–especially after Monday night’s loss!
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3 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy October 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

LOVE the idea of adding cranberries to apple crisp!
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4 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

You are super prepared to have enough to eat for all of them! Family are the best kind of visitors! (that and close friends of corse!) :) ….I would have surprised you too if I were them- it all looks sooooo yummy! :)
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5 Heather October 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

That was so sweet of your lovely family to stop by! What an epic surprise. :-)

We got a HUGE surprise in the form of SNOW last night. Totally not expected! We even lost power!
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6 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Yummy! No big surprises…but I did enjoy a nice relaxing weekend at home!
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7 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I saved this recipe the first time I saw it on your blog & I think I’m finally going to get around to try it this week!
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8 Mandee October 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Cheese, chicken and rice… What more could ya want? I may have to try your recipe this week!!! It looks super yum.
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9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Your surprises are way better than mine which would be 24 hours and counting without power! Love that you added cranberries to the apple crisp, great idea and they add a fun tartness to it I bet.
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10 Caitlin October 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Awesome looking meal! Especially that ice cream at the end…you definitely just made me start craving it.
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11 Lindsey October 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

We had a friend announce her pregnancy at the Halloween party we went to :)
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12 October 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Yum! That casserole looks awesome! And apple crisp is by far one of my favorites! Looks like you had a weekend full of great eats! :) recently posted..October Foodie Pen Pals – Guest Post


13 Tiffany October 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm

the recipe looks delicious! Just curious, what type of brown rice and salsa did you use for this recipe??


14 Courtney October 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

Just instant brown rice and Newman’s Own medium salsa


15 Khushboo October 31, 2011 at 1:20 am

I bet your family also thought it was the perfect day to show up- that dinner looks SO yum! What about a Thanksgiving buffet? It could save your table dilemma!


16 Courtney October 31, 2011 at 8:43 am

I’ve thought about it!


17 Hope October 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

That is so sweet that your family came to visit! That chicken and rice bake looks delicious. I love casseroles like that. The leftovers are even better :)
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18 Sarah @ Practice Princess October 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

Aw, Cody looks happy in company. Your thanksgiving dinner is going to be great! Courtney, I’m really glad your career plans are going well been real busy and haven’t done much with the blog things for ages but it’s always great to see the happy news from your part of the world – really encouraging, and I hope to fill you in on my ‘progress’ with those creative things soon! Sarah x
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19 Heather October 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

I made a cranberry apple crisp a week ago and it was SO delicious!! Gotta love all that delicious autumn flavor!
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20 Shannon October 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm

No. :(


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